Researchers at the University of Western Ontario (Western University) Space Research Canada have completed the world’s first international holoportation – the holographic teleportation of a person from one country to another.
The essence of holoportation is the journey of a human hologram to anywhere in the world. An event that could previously have been imagined only in the Star Trek series became a reality on July 27, when each participant in the test project crossed the US-Canada border without leaving the premises.
To teleport a human hologram, you need a 3D camera. At the destination, another participant in the experiment in a VR helmet is waiting for him, who sees the traveler as if he were in the same room with him. If both participants in the holoportation wear virtual reality helmets, then they will be able to interact with the environment. So, for example, a teleported hologram can be asked to walk around a chair in a room in another country.
The team of scientists who developed this method of movement suggests that holoportation can become not only a futuristic toy, but also a completely working tool. For example, researchers are talking about a new way to provide medical care in remote corners of the planet using new technology, or even interacting with members of the International Space Station crew.
In April 2022, NASA already used holoportation technology to “send” Dr. Josef Schmidt aboard the ISS. It was a successful experiment that dates back to 2014, when the devices for such movement were too bulky. Now all you need for this trip is a 3D camera.
Holoportation works on the basis of Microsoft developments and software of the American company Aexa Aerospace. The latter is collaborating with the Canadian Leap Biosystems in the development of remote medical care systems – it is this collaboration that has made holoportation a reality.
Holoportation takes the best from the world of medicine and advanced technologies. This method could greatly facilitate the examination of patients, which still requires the physical presence of a doctor.
medical student and project participant
In addition, it is a relatively inexpensive technology: the installation for holoportation will cost about $5,000. This will save a lot of money on relocation to hard-to-reach areas in order to examine the patient.
Now the project participants are thinking about how to implement the work of medical devices in holoportation conditions. So far, the main obstacle for the doctor in the form of a hologram is the lack of tactility, the most important element in diagnosing a patient.
With all this, holoportation has an incomparable advantage – the ability to unite people and be much closer to each other than it seems. For example, members of missions to the ISS could “go” home and spend time at a family dinner, see children and relatives. And this is just one of the examples.